This year R.E.D. is being hauled out earlier than usual. We need to have my engine serviced – necessary after 300 hours of use – and you can bet Francois has been keeping track (you should see his spread sheets).
Why I call it ‘my engine’ here.
After an early rise and a cup of coffee, Francois picked up our haul-out ticket. It all went well, straps placed, she was carefully raised and set perfectly on the trailer.
The club was great in giving us a temporary parking location so we could give R.E.D. an initial clean up. While Francois applied a cleaner along the water line (Mary Kate On Off Hull Cleaner), I power washed the belly then rinsed the entire hull. Very proud of my workin’ hands but I’d say a manicure may be in order.
So we could get an early start we spent the night onboard one last time. When I opened my eyes the next morning there was a second or two of extreme confusion. Instead of clear sky overhead I saw leaves and a squirrel perched on the unstepped mast. Oh yeah. We’re no longer on the water.
One last look as the hauling out of club boats continues before heading out to Evinrude maintenance guy.
We’ll be leaving R.E.D. in good hands for the next several days. Uncoupling the car, she was immediately trailered away awaiting her place in the production line.
So what do a couple of sailors do after just a couple of coffees in our bellies and no breakfast? We head over to our fave watering hole, order a couple of celebratory pints and a yummy brunch. Tomorrow we’ll get back to a more reasonably healthy diet…at least that’s what we tell ourselves.
I’ll return once MY engine has been serviced to let you know all about what we go through for R.E.D.’s winterizing process. At the end of our fourth season we have it down to a fairly efficient process but there a few things that will need to be corrected.
Greetings from sunny Brisbane, I follow your travels and enjoy the way you fully utilise that wonderful m26m. Our 2010 lady is called Capricorn Dancer and she gives us great joy. This size boat is perfect for 2 people. How do you find that behind mast roller furler as an all round sail. I wish you the very best and I’m sure you will have great plans for the future. I will travel with you on your wonderful blog.
May the winds blow always in your favour.
Kind regards Alan Smith
Hi Alan, Great hearing from another Mac enthusiast. Love your boat name! The main furler works very well for us. We chose it when buying R.E.D. to make it easier as we age and become less physically able. It’s very easy to set reefing points along the boon when needed too. There is always some performance loss with a furler but then we didn’t choose this type of boat to race. Hope this answers your question. Great having you aboard. We hope you enjoy a safe sailing season with fair winds. /…Cheers from the crew of R.E.D.